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Foot or Hoof Conditions, Undiagnosed

To diagnosis a lameness, a vet goes through a series of methodical steps including a clinical exam and nerve and joint blocks.

Ninety percent of the time, forelimb lameness is diagnosed below the fetlock joint. In many cases, lameness is localized to the hoof with nerve blocks. In some of these cases, radiographs and ultrasound are performed, but a clear diagnosis is not reached. In this case, MRI may be recommended.

If MRI is not an option, prolonged periods of rest may be prescribed with the hope that the condition resolves.


  • How can this lameness be diagnosed?
  • Why are you unable to reach a diagnosis?
  • If we are able to reach a diagnosis using additional diagnostics such as MRI, how will it change the course of treatment?

    Good general care and husbandry including good hoof care.

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    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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